The Great Gleason Pivot
Season 2, Ep. 1
Jackie Gleason is an entertainment legend. He's one guy who truly did it all. Movies, Broadway, conducted his own orchestra (!), and most of all television. He was The Great One, after all. That doesn't mean the guy didn't make mistakes. In 1961 Gleason made a huge mistake when, after a couple of years away from television, he made a highly anticipated return with what turned out to be a ridiculous game show. What he did next was unheard of.
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A Not So New Hope (Updated)35:48There's a new autobiographical period movie that's recently been released about a young kid who is so fascinated by the movies he makes his own films at home, and eventually has a successful Hollywood career. No, I'm not talking about The Fabelmans. Patrick Read Johnson's newly released 5-25-77 may seem like an attempt to cash in The Fabelmans buzz, but his films production predates the new Spielberg film by well over a decade. The Industry first covered 5-25-77 back in 2019 when Johnson thought he was on the verge of releasing it. Fast forward three more years and 5-25-77 is hitting streaming via Showtime, not to mention a short theatrical release back in Sept. This episode of The Industry is a rerelease of our original episode about 5-25-77 plus a new update with Johnson to see what it took to get him to finally cross the finish line and what he'll do now that he's finally crossed it.
Presenting How I Got Greenlit52:03The Industry presents How I Got Greenlit, a new podcast hosted by the Creator of HBO’s Project Greenlight Alex Keledjian and Emmy Award Winning Producer Ryan Gibson, exploring how our favorite films got made and how they made our favorite filmmakers.This episode is part one of their two part conversation with screenwriter Chap Taylor. Chap Taylor has written screenplays and television pilots for all of the major Hollywood studios. He's worked for such producers as Brian Grazer, Scott Rudin, Irwin Winkler, Arnold Kopelson, and for directors Wes Craven and Ridley Scott. He co-wrote the Paramount feature film Changing Lanes, starring Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson, as well as uncredited work on National Treasure, Behind Enemy Lines and the remake of the horror classic, The Omen.LinksHow I Got Greenlit: https://ncpodcasts.com/how-i-got-greenlitChap Taylor Part 2: Apple | SpotifyTwitter: @howigotgreenlit
Two From History Daily32:18The Industry is proud to present back-to-back episodes of one the best history podcasts around: History Daily. On History Daily, they do history, daily. Every weekday, host Lindsay Graham (American Scandal, American History Tellers) takes you back in time to explore a momentous event that happened ‘on this day’ in history.Whether it’s to remember the tragedy of December 7th, 1941, the day “that will live in infamy,” or to celebrate that 20th day in July, 1969, when mankind reached the moon, History Daily is there to tell you the true stories of the people and events that shaped our world—one day at a time.So if you’re stuck in traffic, bored at work—wherever you are, listen to History Daily to remind yourself that something incredible happened to make that day historic.A co-production from award-winning podcasters Airship and Noiser.Find out more about History Daily by checking out their website at https://www.noiser.com/history-daily.
Two Princes: Part Two44:33After Paramount Pictures' 1974 version of The Little Prince seemingly vanished into thin air, it would be decades before another big screen version would come around. That version would be fully animated, with a voice cast that included Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Benicio Del Toro, James Franco, Ricky Gervais, Paul Giamatti and Marion Cotillard. But Paramount abruptly abandoned plans to release the film, and in this episode, The Little Prince director Mark Osborne explains what he thinks went wrong.Plus, Patrick Oliver Jones of the Why I'll Never Make It podcast talks to the makers of the new Broadway version of The Little Prince that just opened last week. The Little Prince on Broadway: https://thelittleprincebroadway.comWhy I'll Never Make it: https://whyillnevermakeit.com/
Two Princes: Part One01:02:10Joseph Tandet was a lawyer who was not in The Industry. But when the opportunity arose to own the rights to The Little Prince, he took it.He wound up as a producer on a big-budget movie adaptation. The 1974 version of The Little Prince had everything going for it, including Gene Wilder, musical numbers by Lerner & Loewe, Bob Fosse dancing, and Stanley Donen in what should have been his element. But something went wrong between the page and the screen. Several years after Tandet's movie of The Little Prince became a forgotten memory, he used his ownership of the rights again, this time to mount a stage version that would never officially open.This episode is a crossover with the Why I'll Never Make It podcast and features host Patrick Oliver Jones doing most of the hosting duties here. It also features both Little Princes: Steven Warner from the 1974 film and Anthony Rapp (Star Trek Discovery) from the 1982 Broadway edition.
18. The Greatest Cartoon Almost Made29:11At the height of his career, Richard Williams was hailed as the next Walt Disney. He wanted to prove that animation was high art, not just something to sell toys and cereal. So he spent three decades working on a single film called The Thief and The Cobbler, which was going to be extraordinary. But he made a deal with a movie studio that he couldn't keep. This episode of Imaginary Worlds features Garrett Gilchrist, Kevin Schreck, Neil Boyle and Greg Duffell discuss whether Hollywood or Williams's perfectionism did him in.
17. The Fall and Rise of Super Mario Bros.41:40How did they make a movie out of Super Mario Bros, and why did it not really resemble the game it was based on? This episode tells the story of how Super Mario Bros went down, and how an alternate cut was found, restored — and released online this year. SMB screenwriter Parker Bennett, along with the curators of the Super Mario Bros archive, Ryan Hoss and Steven Applebaum, help tell this story of a maligned, misguided movie that now has cult status and genuine love.We also recount the time Dennis Hopper lost it.
16. How Grizzly II: Revenge Was Released After 37 Years38:04The 1983 horror movie Grizzly II: Revenge boasts a cast that includes George Clooney, Laura Dern, and Charlie Sheen. But it may never have been released if not for Hungarian producer Suzanne C. Nagy, who finally made it available to audiences after 37 years.On the latest episode of The Industry, host Dan Delgado interviews Nagy, the original producer of Grizzly II: Revenge. A sequel to the popular 1976 film Grizzly, which cashed in on the post-Jaws killer animal craze, Grizzly II: Revenge follows the story of a mama bear who attacks a large rock concert to take out her rage towards the poachers who killed her cub.
One Man's Quest to Fix Superman IV15:33Like many Superman fans, British actor Aaron Price grew up believing a man could fly — thanks to the spectacular 1978 Richard Donner film starring Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel. But a decade after that film, Superman IV arrived to challenge fans' faith with a rough, budget-challenged story that pitted Supes against Nuclear Man, a forgettable villain created vis-a-vis the Cold War arms race.Still, Price believes the film is redeemable — and in this special bonus episode of The Industry, he explains how he is trying to restore director Sydney J. Furie's original vision for Reeve's final Superman film. You can follow Aaron Price and his campaign to #ReleasetheFurieCut on Twitter: He's @AaronLewisPrice.